Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and ahead of this important event, I joined U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Timothy Shea in an effort to encourage Floridians to participate—and help us end the national opioid crisis.
Drug Take Back Days are a great opportunity for people to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs or controlled substances. By disposing of these substances carefully, we can prevent drug abuse, addiction and overdose deaths.
The DEA also now accepts vaping products at take-back locations, which can help prevent under-age vaping and keep addictive products from falling into the wrong hands.
These events have proven extremely successful in removing unwanted or expired substances from our streets. Last October, we saw more than 882,000 pounds, that is almost 442 tons, of unused or expired prescription medications and vape devices disposed of safely.
That’s a huge amount of drugs kept from being unintentionally dispersed into our communities and our of vulnerable hands, and it just shows you the enormous impact of so many people taking small steps to prevent drug abuse.
Now is your chance to pitch in and help us fight drug abuse. You can find local disposal locations by visiting TakeBackDay.DEA.gov. Once you find the nearest location, drop off unwanted medications anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday.
If you can’t make it Saturday, our DoseOfRealityFL.com website has an interactive map where you can find year-round take-back locations throughout Florida.
By safely disposing of unused medication you can help us save lives, and build a Stronger, Safer Florida.
Attorney General Moody Sues Google For Violating Antitrust Laws
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, along with the U.S. Department of Justice and 10 other state attorneys general, filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to prevent Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Google is one of the largest and most powerful companies in the world. Regardless of its size, all companies have an obligation to compete fairly in the marketplace. Our investigation into Google revealed that the global tech behemoth allegedly used its size and scale to build a moat around its core markets—general search services and search advertising.
“We believe Google’s conduct violates state and federal antitrust laws and that a successful outcome in this case will bring many benefits to all Americans including Florida consumers, the overwhelming majority of whom use Google products every day.” More.
Attorney General Moody Urges Floridians to Give with Their Hearts and Their Heads During International Charity Fraud Awareness Week
Attorney General Ashley Moody is encouraging wise giving as the world recognizes International Charity Fraud Awareness Week. ICFAW is a yearly observance focused on preventing charity fraud and ensuring donations go to intended causes. This year’s observance comes as generous people in Florida, and across the country, are looking for ways to help those heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and hurricanes that have wreaked havoc in Florida and other states along the Gulf of Mexico.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenges, but as a fifth-generation Floridian, I know that when disaster hits our state, we stand united to help our neighbors. As we all do our part to help those impacted by COVID-19 and Hurricane Sally, please remember to take steps to ensure donations go toward providing the relief and support you intend.
“In recognition of International Charity Fraud Awareness Week, I am sharing tips and resources to help Floridians give with their heads along with their hearts—to prevent charity fraud and help ensure donations help those in need, not those trying to exploit good-hearted Floridians.” More.
Attorney General Moody’s Statement on the Department of Justice’s Plea and Settlement Agreement with Purdue Pharma
Attorney General Ashley Moody released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Justice’s plea and settlement agreement with Purdue Pharma:
“I want to thank Attorney General Barr and the U.S. Department of Justice for ensuring that funds recovered from Purdue Pharma will flow to the states to address the devastation and loss caused by the opioid epidemic. These agreements cannot bring back those who have tragically lost their lives due to the actions of Purdue Pharma, but it will help Florida’s efforts to make available critical resources to those struggling with addiction.”
Attorney General Moody and DEA Kickoff Red Ribbon Week 2020 by Encouraging Floridians to Join the Fight to End Drug Use
Attorney General Ashley Moody joins Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Timothy Shea to kickoff Red Ribbon Week 2020 by encouraging Floridians to combat drug use and promote drug-free lifestyles for children. Red Ribbon Week is sponsored each year by the National Family Partnership, a national leader in drug prevention and advocacy. NFP sponsors the week to carry out its mission to support American families and communities in fostering healthy, drug-free lifestyles for youth across the nation.
Red Ribbon Week was first established in 1985 in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena. Camarena was abducted by five men and tortured to death. To honor his memory and commitment to fighting illegal drugs, Camarena's family, friends and neighbors began wearing badges of red ribbons. Parent-led coalitions across the country began to follow in Camarena’s community's footsteps in raising awareness on the devastation caused by drug abuse—adopting his belief that one person can make a difference and wearing red ribbons in his honor.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “As a mother, I understand the importance of Red Ribbon Week and promoting a healthy, drug-free life for our kids. Children are less likely to use drugs and alcohol when they have parents and role models who provide a constant, unwavering opposition to substance abuse. In recognition of Red Ribbon Week, I want to encourage all mothers, fathers, teachers and role models to join me in taking a stand against youth substance abuse.
“I am thrilled to be joined in this call to action by DEA Acting Administrator Timothy Shea. By working together to educate our youth about the dangers of substance abuse and promote a drug-free lifestyle, we will build a stronger, safer Florida.” More.
Attorney General Moody Establishes Consumer Incentive Program for Recalled Airbags
Attorney General Ashley Moody, in cooperation with Honda, is initiating a consumer incentive program to repair and replace exceptionally dangerous airbags in certain Honda and Acura vehicles. This program supplements the consumer protection agreement reached with Honda in August relating to defects in the frontal airbag systems designed and manufactured by Takata installed in certain Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the United States.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “The safety of my fellow Floridians is of the greatest importance to me and my office. Following our successful multimillion-dollar resolution with Honda that will result in added safeguards put in place by Honda to prevent airbag safety risks in the future, my office is instituting this supplemental incentive program, with Honda’s assistance, as a logical next step in furthering our efforts to get these dangerous vehicles repaired and airbag inflators replaced so that our roads are safer for all Floridians.” More.
Former Caregiver Arrested for Grand Theft in Connection to Medicaid Fraud Scheme
Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a former caregiver for grand theft. Dorothy L. Mitchem submitted fraudulent timesheets and accepted payment for services not rendered to a disabled Medicaid recipient. Mitchem previously worked as a direct service worker for Consumer Direct Care Network Florida to provide in-home, personal care services to a disabled adult. CDCNF assists clients who need attendant care services in their home to select, train and manage their own caregiver.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Medicaid fraud is not a victimless crime. It hurts patients, health care providers and taxpayers. We will not stand idle and allow criminals to falsify reports, shortchange patients or execute any other scheme designed to steal from this taxpayer-funded health care program.” More.
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Urges Floridians to Take Steps to Prevent Crime in Florida
In recognition of National Crime Prevention Month, Attorney General Ashley Moody is urging Floridians to take steps to prevent crime in Florida by providing them with crime prevention resources and safety tips to safeguard against falling victim to crime. The Attorney General is also reminding individuals about the new statewide tip number that recently launched to help Floridians report crimes anonymously.
Earlier this month, Attorney General Moody and the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers announced the first in the nation statewide Crime Stoppers cellular tip number, **TIPS. Now, anyone across the state can report tips about crimes anonymously by dialing **TIPS (8477). When **TIPS is dialed from a cellphone in Florida, the call is automatically routed to the nearest Crime Stoppers office in the region where the call is placed. For immediate or life-threatening emergencies, remember to always dial 911.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “As Florida’s Attorney General, keeping citizens safe from crime is my top priority. That’s why I back our great law enforcement officers and why I constantly look for ways to innovate how we can approach policing and crime prevention. Citizens play an important role in crime prevention—by locking their doors, checking on neighbors and reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement. Please join me in recognizing October as National Crime Prevention Month and learn more about how you can reduce crime in your community. Even small, simple actions can help us stop crime and build a Stronger, Safer Florida.” More.
Attorney General Moody Takes Action to Protect Businesses in Merger of Waste Collection and Disposal Corporations
Attorney General Ashley Moody is taking action to resolve anticompetitive concerns raised by the proposed multibillion-dollar merger between Waste Management, Inc. and Advanced Disposal Services Inc.—two of the largest providers of waste disposal and collection services in Florida and throughout the United States. Attorney General Moody is joined by the U.S. Department of Justice and four other states in the agreement.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “I am proud to join the U.S. Department of Justice and our state partners in taking action to protect Florida businesses in this multibillion-dollar merger that could have left them paying high rates with fewer alternative waste collection options. Through this multi-agency action, we will preserve competition in our state in the waste collection and disposal market.” More.